Newcastle United supporters have been despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer a third consecutive Premier League defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday, with the Magpies going down 4-1 at Old Trafford.
Rafa Benitez’s men entered the international break having lost to both Burnley and Bournemouth, thus stunting their momentum after a solid start to the season which saw them win four of their opening nine league games, and sit comfortably in the top half of the Premier League table. And although they took the lead at Old Trafford through Dwight Gayle, goals from Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku condemned Benitez’s side to a sixth Premier League defeat of the campaign, and third in succession.
Thus, there have been many deflated and disappointed Magpies fans in the Tavern this week, many of whom are already turning their attentions away from Saturday’s defeat to focus on their crucial encounter with Marco Silva’s Watford at St James’ Park this weekend.
In the meantime though, alongside reports that a takeover bid has been launched for their club, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to discuss, not least a recent report which suggests that goalkeeper Karl Darlow could be set for a January move away from the club.
The former Nottingham Forest shot-stopper has yet to feature in the Premier League for the club this term, this all after playing a key role in helping the North East giants return to the top-flight last time out.
And, as such, his future appears far from certain, and it’s uncertainty which Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa are reportedly seeking to exploit should they lose current number one Sam Johnstone, who has been linked with a New Year move to West Brom.
And were Darlow to make the move to Villa Park, here are TWO other Newcastle stars who could follow him to the Midlands giants…